How to prepare a room for decorating

23 August 2018

If you're tackling decorating for the first time (or even the second, third or fourth time) it might feel like a daunting task. It can be tempting to take shortcuts, but a bit of preparation can save you costly mistakes and have you back in the room quicker than you expected. WIth our toxin free, quick dry, water based paints – and some top pro tips - it doesn't need to be a chore! We asked Richard for his top tips on how to prepare a room.

Firstly, make sure you clear textiles and accessories away, take down or tie up curtains and move furniture out or into the middle of the room. Then cover your furniture and floors or carpets with protective cotton twill dust sheets. (They're kinder than throw away plastic ones and you can reuse them)

Loosen sockets and switches slightly and cover them with masking tape so that you can cut in close without getting paint on them. Make sure you cover pipes and edges of radiators with masking tape too.

Fill any holes or cracks. Use decorators caulk over fine cracks and gaps around skirting boards, doorframes, ceiling and architraves. Once dry rub them down with sandpaper for a smooth finish.

Make sure surfaces are clean and free of any dust and dirt to avoid unwanted particles and fluff being painted permanently on to your walls, woodwork or furniture. (Not a good look!)

Use new or properly cleaned brushes and rollers so that you get a nice soft and even application. (Our water based paint washes off a treat just with tap water.)

Finally, get in to some old clothes and start painting! Bonus tip: Always paint from top to bottom, cutting in first. 

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